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Ponca City police chief nominated for U.S. marshal post

Ponca City Police Chief Clayton Johnson has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become U.S. marshal for the northern Oklahoma federal judicial district.
The Associated Press Published: March 3, 2011
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TULSA — Ponca City Police Chief Clayton Johnson has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become U.S. marshal for the northern Oklahoma federal judicial district.

The Tulsa World reported the nomination Wednesday evening on its website in a story from the newspaper's Washington bureau.

Johnson has been police chief at Ponca City since 2002 after he joined the department in 1986 as a police officer and rose through the ranks. He teaches courses on criminal justice as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Congressman. Dan Boren welcomed the announcement, saying Johnson was very well-qualified and will do an outstanding job. Jared Young, a spokesman for Sen. Jim Inhofe, said the senator supports Johnson's nomination.